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Why does the flag fly at half staff?

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May 17, 2015 3:55PM

In the US, and perhaps also in other countries, the US flag is the symbol of the entire nation. With that said, the US flag is flown at half mast to honor the dead, or recognize a major tragedy that has affected the US. As an example, in 1963, when US President Kennedy was assassinated, the American flag flew at half mast for several days.